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'Systematic breaches' of energy performance revealed by NAACEA

The National Association of Air Conditioning and Energy Assessors has highlighted ‘systematic breaches’ of the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012.

Its announcement follows communication between the Department of Communities and Local Government and Sterling Accreditation, highlighting the need to ensure the regulations are complied with.

The DCLG letter states that weights and measures authorities may be in breach of their statutory duty if they fail to enforce the EPB regulations, with the risk of “judicial review”.

The NAACEA states that it is “very supportive” of recent Sterling Accreditation initiatives, such as freedom of information requests for details of enforcement actions taken by Trading Standards Offices.

Further to this, the NAACEA is encouraging both members and non-members to identify non-compliant sites through its website

The issue was highlighted by H&V News last year (see H&V News 16 October, front page), following a statement from B&ES head of technical and safety Bob Towse.

He said less than 5 per cent of air conditioning systems had been inspected and the majority of others were in breach of regulations.

Chairman Neil Dady said: “Companies that have chosen to ignore the regulations will be identified and reported to their local TSO’s.

“We feel strongly that individual assessors, that have invested in training and qualifications, need to be supported and any initiatives that increase compliance with the regulations will have our 100% support.”

Systems with a capacity of 12 kW installed after 1 January 2008 should have been inspected within five years.

Further requirements involved the inspection of systems with outputs in excess of 250 kW by January 2009 and those above 12 kW inspected by January 2011.